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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 31, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas >AV NEWdddB^iNFBLS Water Restrictions ■ New Braunfels Utilities customers with addresses ending in 5 can water today after 7 p.m. Well users with addresses ending in 4 or 5 can water today after 8 p.m.Herald-Zettung Vol. 149 No. 138    16    pages    in    2    sections    May    31,    2000 Wed? CO4I 20332 S 0 • Ll E S T ii IC R 0 P U B I.... IS HIN 6 262? E YANDELL DE EL PP SO, TX 7 99 03'•'3724 ...........- /* - "rn: since 1852 50 cents Comal trustees mull consultant for Canyon Intermediate mold From Staff Reports Comal Independent School District trustees will consider appointing a consultant tonight to look into a non-toxic mold problem at Canyon Intermediate School. Trustees will meet at 5 p.m. today in the CIS cafeteria. Also on the agenda will be a district strategic planning workshop. CISD Public Information Officer Kari Hutchison said district staff was recommending trustees appoint a firm to confirm the source of mold that caused officials to close a pair of CIS classrooms in March. The consultant also could make recommendations about how to remedy the mold problem, Hutchison said. CISD officials began investigating mold at the intermediate school after two staff members complained of alleigy-like reactions in mid March. No CIS students were believed affected. On March 13, CISD officials had air quality tests conducted at the school by Raba-Kistner Consultants Inc., an engineering firm specializing in environmental consulting, geotechnical engineering and construction testing. Officials found traces of mold in 19 classrooms, the district said. Two of four classrooms behind the school cafeteria were closed. About a dozen stu dents used each of the two rooms — for the most part for less than two hours each day. “No children I know of have complained of a consistent illness and connected it with the mold,” Hutchison said in late April. The mold for the most part was concentrated in the lower walls and baseboard areas of the two most affected rooms. Eckerd making another try at Business 35 site No ordinary nightclub By Heather Todd Staff Writer New Braunfels residents living near the proposed site of an Eckerd drug store voiced divided opinions Tuesday night about developers’ hopes to build the store at Walnut Avenue and Business 35. In February 1999, New Braunfels City Council voted 4-3 in favor of the project. However because 20 percent or more of residents in the immediate area opposed it, city policy required a 6-1 vote or unanimous vote. And, it was pretty clear during the informal meeting between residents and developers Tuesday that most people have not changed their minds. “This is the wrong place to put your building,” said resident Rachel Culbertson, who lives at 569 Sycamore Ave. “We don’t want you in our neighborhood.” Developer Bruce S. Shelby with Shelby Estus Realty Group, Inc. invited residents living within 200 feet of the proposed site to a dinner at Mamacita’s Restaurant Tuesday night. Eckerd officials plan to ask the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission on June 6 for a special use permit to build the store at Walnut Avenue and Business 35. The commission then could make a recommendation to city council. Shelby said Eckerd decided to try the location again after Walgreen’s was granted a special use permit Feb. 14 to build across the street. Many residents at the meeting Tuesday night voiced concerns about traffic congestion along Walnut Avenue and the destruction of the neighborhood. To alleviate traffic congestion, Shelby said developers would donate right-of-way to the city to help widen the intersection to accommodate five to six lanes of traffic. Shelby said traffic congestion would only get worse on Walnut Avenue regardless of whether Eckerd built there. “The best way to alleviate traffic is to add traffic lanes,” Shelby said. Culbertson asked Shelby why developers did not want to build the store along Loop 337. Shelby said, “The existing Eckerd has built up a customer base for 21 years, and we don’t want to lose that. All drugstores are going to free-standing locations, or more like convenience stores. You have to modernize to stay alive.” He said the existing Eckerd store would close if the new one is built. Resident Betty Dunkin, who lives off Walnut Avenue, said, “When you’ve got a commercial building chipping away at the quality of life in your neighborhood, tearing down trees and homes and laying asphalt, it’s improper and it’s bad planning.”See ECKERD/3A Girl, 8, nearly drowns in lake From staff reports An 8-year-old girl who almost drowned at Canyon Lake Sunday afternoon remained on a ventilator in very serious condition late Tuesday at University Hospital in San Antonio, law enforcement officials said. The girl was not breathing when she was pulled from the water about 5:30 p.m. by witnesses on the nearby shore at the Fort Sam Houston Recreational area of the lake, officials said. The witnesses who rescued the girl from the water performed CPR until Canyon Lake Fire/EMS personnel arrived at the scene, Comal County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Jimmy Limmer said. Canyon Lake Fire and Rescue personnel continued treatment of the girl while en route to McKenna Memorial Hospital. The 8-year-old later was transported by helicopter to University Hospital for treatment, officials said. As of press time Tuesday, officials said they were not certain whether the girl was brain dead or whether there was a possibility for recovery. Sunday’s near drowning occurred less than three weeks after a 21-year-old German man drowned in deep, choppy water at the southern end of Canyon Lake. New Braunfels teens find safe place to hang out at Club Vines RON MALONEY/HerakJ-Zeitung Above: Michael Mahan, 11, Austin Higginbotham, 12, and Jonathan Henderson, 12, all of New Braunfels, compete in a hotly-contested, two-on-one foosball game at Club Vines. Below: Guitarist Luke Leverett of New Braunfels and Christian band Clove performs during a recent Saturday night gig at Club Vines. By J. L. MCMICHAEL Staff Writer The kids who discovered Club Vines aren’t keeping it a secret, and for a good reason. When you walk inside, you immediately realize this is no ordinary nightclub. People turn to greet you with smiles on their faces, and no one is lounging over the bar or melting into intoxication, because Club Vines is a special nightclub — a safe, cool hangout for “the young and the young at heart,” as its posters state. Blinking green and white lights hung in scallops on the walls stand out brilliantly against the night-black walls of the building; soft light spills across the stage where three young men are perched on stools, singing original songs about their faith while their fingers flash from chord to chord on their guitars. “I really like the music - the music is the best,” said Anna Pharo, 14. “I like it here because they don’t care what you look like, what you think - everybody is one family.” She has been coming to Club Vines almost since its beginning one year ago. “I like the friendly atmosphere,” said Michael Martinez, 19, motioning toward the game room full of more than 35 youth. “You don’t feel crowded -it’s really open.” Besides the normal chatter, laughter and good-natured ribbing, you also can hear more important conversations here and there across the room where kids are gathered in groups of two’s and three’s. “I like to come because I get to see my friends,” said Ruthie Godoy, 13. Anna is spreading the word about Club Vines. “I’ve been telling a lot of my friends about it. The games are what get my friends to come. My sister, Jessica, tells everyone.” Both Anna and Michael heard of Club Vines through Jessica. Sponsored by Mercy House Ministries, a church in New Braunfels pastored by Scott Tjemagel, Club Vines started out in a small room upstairs inSee CLUB/3A Citations down, arrests up slightly for holiday weekend From staff reports The water might have been slow, but the Comal County Sheriff^ Office was anything but sluggish when it came to arresting troublemakers Memorial Day Weekend. During the course of the three-day holiday party on the Guadalupe River—which in some places resembled Maidi Gras on water minus the beads — officers arrested 121 people on 148 different charges ranging from public intoxication, minor in possession, narcotics, assault, disorderly conduct and public lewdness. A Houston area man even was arrested on a warrant for not paying a citation issued to him this past Memorial Day weekend at the Guadalupe River, CCSO Captain David Ott. • The second year of beefed-up security during the tourist season yielded 12 more arrests than this past year’s total of 109. “Most of the arrests made were alcohol-related or for narcotics,” said Comal County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Ed Whitson. Officers handed out little more than IOO citations, compared with about 200 this past year, Ott said. “I think some of the rules like no glass containers, no Styrofoam have finally started to sink in,” Ott said.Inside Abby................... .............5A Classifieds............ ...........4-8B Comics................. ..............2B Crossword........... .............5A Forum................... ..............6A Local/Metro.......... ..............4A Movies................ ..............5A Obituaries............. ..............3A Sports.................. ..........7-8 A Today................... ..............2A Television............... .............2B Key Code 76 Park concerts start Thursday From staff reports Residents who want to hear great live music in a picturesque outdoor setting can do so for free Thursday evening at Landa Park when the sixteenth annual New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Concerts in the Park Series kicks off. The opening performance will feature local favorite acoustic duet Chris & Judy, and the outstanding line-up of artists will continue from 7:30 p.m. to IO p.m. every Thursday at the Landa Park Dance Slab throughout the summer until the end of August, oiganizers said. “It’s a great opportunity for families to come out and have some fun listening to See CONCERTS/3A Photo submitted Acoustic duet Chris & Judy will perform the first concert in the 16th annual New • Braunfels Parks and Recreation Concerts in the Parks Series. ;